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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement as the moral impetus for refusing patents on medically important innovations (see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story).  Unfortunately, Jonas Salk created a myth that day by leaving out several crucial details. As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Read More >

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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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Exclusive Licenses Do Not Discourage Follow On Research

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A recent study presented at the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference organized at the United States Patent Office questions the logic behind a nonexclusive license preference often found in U.S. government technology transfer policy. In “The Role of Exclusive Licensing in Follow-on Research of Academic Patented Inventions” presentation the authors demonstrate that, contrary to the belief by some, exclusive licensing does not impede future research. The authors ask two questions.  First, does exclusive licensing affect licensee follow-on research?  Read More >

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IPCC Features Update on Patent Reform Implementation

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The BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Fall Conference featured an update on the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act by Janet Gongola, Associate Solicitor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Some provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act took effect immediately when it was signed into law in September. Ms. Gongola reported that of the 20 provisions that must be implemented by the PTO, eight have been implemented and another ten are Read More >

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The Critical Importance of International Patent Protection for Small Businesses

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As part of the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently held two public hearing on international patent protection.  Stanley C. Erck, President and CEO of Novavax, Inc., testified on behalf of BIO in support of an initiative to reduce filing and prosecution costs for international patent protection of biotech inventions. In his testimony, Mr. Erck explained the important role patents play in the biotechnology industry. The Read More >

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